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Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

  • Servings: 6
Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 4 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounces beer, or 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (2 1/2 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan. Use the bottom of the pan as a guide. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Add beans and beer, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until liquid has almost evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in corn and scallions, and remove from heat. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

  4. Fit a trimmed tortilla in bottom of springform pan; layer with 1/4 of the beans and 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat three times, using 1 cup cheese on top layer. Bake until cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove side of pan; sprinkle pie with scallions. To serve, slice into wedges.

Reviews (31)

  • FoodGays 15 Nov, 2012

    Oh, Martha! Such a tasty recipe.

    We just made this last night, and it was crazy good!

    Check out our version here:

    XX - The Food Gays

  • FoodGays 15 Nov, 2012

    We just made this last night, and it was crazy good! Check out our version, here.XX - The Food Gays

  • Rebecca Ernst 10 Jul, 2012

    Made this last night (without changing a thing) and it was a big hit!

  • laurakshad 23 May, 2012

    This was dinner tonight. However, I used chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (because I didn't feel like going to the store and I had them in the pantry) and when I added the corn, I added some dried cilantro. The chiles added so much flavor! Also, I used Miller Lite, which was perfect, maybe next time, to fit the theme, I'll use Corona or Tecante. So delicious. Also, I used a brownie pan. The extra stuff that leaked on the side was great to throw on top!!!

  • ekgjbewgbg 28 Feb, 2012

    After reading the reviews I added another jalapeƱo, a lot more garlic, lime juice and cilantro. Without the extra flavore the pie would have been very bland. Thanks, earlier reviewers.

  • moria19 13 Feb, 2012

    Yum! I am not a vegetarian but my sister-in-law is so I made this in addition to tacos. All the meat-eaters loved it! I think the next time though I will either leave all the water (or beer) out completely or at least reduce the amount by half. It was a bit too much I think.

  • mom2gande 22 Feb, 2011

    This is an excellent recipe. It's also great as left overs. I like add some chopped cilantro and lime juice to the bean mix.

  • whatwouldruthdo 1 Oct, 2010

    It's a delicious recipe. Probably something I'm more like to make again on the weekend because of the prep time, though.

  • whatwouldruthdo 1 Oct, 2010

    It's a delicious recipe. Probably something I'm more like to make again on the weekend because of the prep time, though.

  • rotsol 21 Jun, 2010

    StaceyA99 - I agree with all your additions (except meat as we're vegetarian) plus a splash of lime juice, or serve with lime wedges. And there's no need to mess around with trimming the tortillas - I make this in a 10 inch, deep dish pie plate.

  • francescakins 21 Apr, 2010

    Just made this for dinner this evening. It was excellent. Even my non-vegetarian boyfriend loved it.It was very simple to make and full of flavour.

  • RebeccaReinstein 10 Jul, 2009

    This look so awesome. I was so psyched to visit the website today and see vegetarian recipes as I am a vegetarian and also love Martha! I will be trying this one for sure and I've already forwarded it out to friends....thanks Martha!!!!

  • leslierodman 17 Jun, 2009

    I think this recipe sounds great! I already make one similar but I use corn tortillas and slice them in strips.

  • CraftyJK 10 May, 2009

    My husband loved this and it was so easy. We had all of the ingredients all ready. We added it to our Meatless Monday menu. Thank you.

  • kaslmom 22 Apr, 2009

    I'm also diabetic, and I agree. The recipes sound delicious, but I often don't try them because I'm unsure of the nutritional values.

  • Eleanorga 21 Apr, 2009

    Please add the nutritional information to all recipes. For lots of people with health issues, it's imperative. Thank you for your consideration.

  • casugi 21 Apr, 2009

    That's just what I was looking for! What is the breakdown of sodium, fat, calories, etc?

  • Blessedcook 21 Apr, 2009

    Wish they would put the nutritional value!!!!
    A diabetic

  • StaceyA99 9 Feb, 2009

    I have learned from experience that the Everyday food recipes tend to be a bit bland for my family so I added 3/4 # ground sirloin, some chili powder, a pinch of caynne, a bit more cumin in step 2 and the only beer we had in the fridge--one lone can of PBR. I also threw in some fresh cilantro to the mix before assembly too--the end result was so good!! Next time, I might let it simmer a bit longer to evaporate some of the juices. I will definately make again.

  • Googe 2 Feb, 2009

    Made this for the Superbowl and the guys loved it. It was hearty and easy to make. Nothing in it was overpowering, just make sure you let the beer boil off enough on the stove top. I will definitely make this one again!

  • 123aaa 31 Jan, 2009

    Love it!! Always something that we make. Reheats well.

  • krisx2 17 Oct, 2008

    It wasn't bad, but the taste of onion, garlic, scallion and beer was overpowering. I liked the tortilla pie concept, however, and I'll try this again as a simple version using just refried beans as the filling.

  • beancurdie 9 Oct, 2008

    Oh, I forgot to add, I used a 10inch springform pan, as not to have to trim the tortillas.

  • beancurdie 9 Oct, 2008

    This was a hit for us! My husband was surprised that there wasn't any meat because it was so flavorful. I agree that condiments are needed: salsa, sour cream, guac.

  • catherine495 25 Jul, 2008

    I would say this was good. My husband really LOVED it, though. Definitley serve with salsa and sour cream on the side. It will be a regular part of our menu from now on.

  • MamaTerra 29 Apr, 2008

    I should add that I didn't have all the correct ingredients so I substituted a few things. Beer for water. A 4 oz can of diced green chilies for the jalapeno. One can of red kidney beans for black. I was short one tortilla so I used tortilla chips for the top layer. I forgot to add the Cumin. Lastly, I used more cheese than called for. I'm making it tonight the correct way and hoping it's just as good!

  • MamaTerra 29 Apr, 2008

    This is a huge hit at our house! Everyone loves it!

  • devery 29 Apr, 2008

    This was not very tasty. Won't make it again

  • minnie 15 Apr, 2008

    We loved this. Added canned tomatoes drained and a little Taco seasoning.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • mitsya 9 Apr, 2008

    My mama made something similar in the crock-pot with refried beans and ground beef-- always a family favorite! I'm trying this version tonight!!

  • unmistakable1 5 Mar, 2008

    Made this for dinner and I was very surprised at how delicious and filling it was! I used about 2 cups of (homemade) chicken broth (instead of water or beer), added a can of (drained) diced tomatoes to the mixture, and sprinkled in some chili powder for extra seasoning. I didn't trim the tortillas, just used a 10" pan and wedged them in place. Will definitely make this again!

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